MARQUETTE – The first production of the 2002-2003 Forest Roberts Theatre season is “The Laramie Project”. The docudrama opens at 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, Oct. 2 at the theatre at Northern Michigan University. There are also 7:30 p.m. performances Thursday, Oct. 3 through Saturday, Oct. 5 and a matinee at 1 p.m. on Oct. 5.

            The production was created by Moises Kaufman and members of his Tectonic Theater Company after interviewing over 200 residents of Laramie, WY, in the aftermath of the Oct. 6, 1998, beating and murder of Matthew Shepherd.

            The cast is composed of 12 actors, who play over 60 roles. The cast includes Department of Education professor John F. Covaleskie; Graduate Artistic Interns Chris Bertschinger of Creighton, Neb., and Kenneth Taylor of Gladstone; seniors Dana Ferguson of Negaunee, Shelley M. Jiles of Macomb Township and Casey Anne Kogut of Columbia, MO; juniors Sara Mirisciotti of Warren, Joe Rayome of Negaunee and Nathan Records of Marquette; and sophomores John Richardson of Holt, Brandon Roberts of Munising and Emily Vajda of Roscommon.

            The production is directed by Cecilia J. Pang with a Scenic Design by Victor G. Holliday and Lighting Design and Technical Direction by Kimberly Hegmegee. Assistant Lighting Designer is senior Jennifer Garvin from Dearborn Heights. Shelby Township junior William G. Holland is the Sound Designer. Oneoeta, New York, Graduate Assistant Intern Erin Davis is Costume Designer. Carol Starrine of Marquette is Hair and Makeup Designer. Senior Bradley C. Cooper of Fremont is the Production Stage Manager. The Assistant Stage Managers are McHenry, Ill., junior Jill Rickerson and Marine City freshman Elizabeth A. Bertassi.

            Tickets for “The Laramie Project” go on sale Monday, Sept. 23 at the Forest Roberts Theatre box office. For reservations call (906) 227-2082 during regular box office hours. Tickets can also be purchased at any EZ Tickets outlet including the Superior Dome and Willy’s Snak Shak in the University Center. The prices are $8 for the general public and $5 for NMU students.

Note: A student from your area is involved in this theatrical production.

Prepared By
Jessica Holman